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NewsNet 03-17-14

"IF YOU KNEW TOM, YOU KNEW THAT HE LIVED HIS POSITION:" TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT MOURNING LOSS - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is mourning the loss of Fire Investigator Tom Quesnel, who died last week from cancer. Quesnel began his career with Tucson Fire in 1989 and became a fire cause investigator in 1994. He was scheduled to retire at the end of next year. Quesnel was known nationally for his knowledge and expertise in investigating major fires throughout the Southwest. Since his illness was determined to be work-related, TFD will fly flags at half-staff and members will wear badge shrouds to honor Tom's life and career.  In addition, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is requesting that all City flags fly at half staff. Read more about Tom Quesnel at TFD Facebook page.

VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Crews from Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work tomorrow to improve the roadway conditions on Kolb Road from Golf Links Road to Wilmot Road via Grant Road north of Tanque Verde Road, and 22nd Street from Kolb Road to Swan Road. These pavement improvement projects are part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year "Road Recovery" bond program. Both projects will begin with crews lowering manhole and water valve covers. The work will take place Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Friday, April 18, 2014.  During the utility-lowering phase of the projects, crews will close one travel lane while maintaining two travel lanes in each direction. Read the news release from Tucson Department of Transportation and the Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report.

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR SUN TRAN PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES AND FARE INCREASES - The City of Tucson is seeking public comment on proposed service changes and fare increase that could go into effect in July 2014, if approved. The proposed service changes would affect 28 of the 40 fixed routes. These proposals were based on a report developed to help bridge the $33 million gap predicted in the City’s general fund for Fiscal Year 2015, and would decrease the City’s general fund contribution to transit. You can email comments to suntraninfo@tucsonaz.gov, call (520) 792-9222, or mail them to: to Sun Tran, Attn: Marketing, 3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711. There are also several Open House events. Read the news release and learn more at Sun Tran's website.

ARIZONA WILDCATS GET NUMBER ONE SEED FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT - For the sixth time in the team's history, the University of Arizona Wildcats' Men's Basketball team has clinched a number one seed for the annual "March Madness" NCAA Championship tournament. The Cats (30-4) top the West division of the tournament, which begins this week. They will face Weber State (19-11), beginning at 11:10 a.m. Friday in San Diego. The game will be televised on TNT. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

'FIX A LEAK' WEEK AWARENESS CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY- Today is the start of "Fix A Leak Week," where Tucson Water and the EPA's WaterSense division remind people of the amount of water collectively lost through minor household leaks. Tucson Water's website has links to online calculators measuring the impact of drips and leaks, as well as information about how to find and fix leaks. The website offers tips in both English and Spanish and has activity learning pages for kids. You also can call Tucson Water (520-791-3242) or email TW_CustomerService@tucsonaz.gov to request a free, individualized survey of your home water use.